Department Awards and Prizes

Elbridge Sibley Sociology Prize

Elbridge Sibley (born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1903, A.B., Amherst, 1924, A.M., 1925, and Ph.D., Columbia, 1930) taught sociology at Bowdoin College from 1932-1946. As a member of the staff of the Statistical Standards Division of the U.S. Bureau of the Budget, 1940-44, he reviewed federal statistical programs in the fields of population, health, and education. Mr. Sibley served as secretary of the President’s Committee on Selective Service from 1940-41 and he administered fellowship programs of the Social Science Research Council from 1944 through his retirement in 1971. He was recalled by the Social Science Research Council to write the history of the first fifty years of SSRC which was published in 1974.

His studies of The Recruitment, Selection, and Training of Social Scientists (1948) and of The Education of Sociologists in the United States (1963) have received nationwide attention among university educators. Among his other publications are Social Science Research Council: The First Fifty Years, SSRC 1974; “A Look Back,” in American Sociology in the 1980's, Review Journal of Philosophy and Social Science, Vol. XIn No.2, 1986 (Bombay).

Mr. Sibley, who passed away on October 4, 1994, resided in Brunswick throughout his retirement years. He contributed his sociological skills to the work of a committee concerned with Brunswick's future and served from 1979-81 on the Harpswell Comprehensive Plan Committee, providing, inter alia, demographic expertise, and work with a questionnaire for citizens concerning growth and change in Harpswell.

The Elbridge Sibley Prize was established in 1989 in honor of Elbridge Sibley, by Milton M. Gordon '39, a student of Professor Sibley. It is awarded each year to that member of the senior class majoring in Sociology or Anthropology who has the highest mid-year general scholastic average in his/her Bowdoin Class.

Recent Award Recipients for the Elbridge Sibley Prize

  • Michelle Ivy Wiener '14
  • Danica Loucks '13
  • Allison Kuriloff '12
  • Lauren Xenakis '11
  • Charles Warren '10
  • Margaret Clark '09
  • Megan Waterman '08

Award for Distinguished Public Sociology & Anthropology

The prize is awarded to those students majoring or minoring in sociology or anthropology who demonstrate an exemplary engagement in public scholarship/and or community service. Both sociology and anthropology are shaped significantly by intellectual traditions that have sought social progress through research, education, and direct service on issues of public significance. This award honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in these continuing endeavors. It recognizes those who have exhibited sociological or anthropological imagination in connecting the knowledge of their major to public service and/or scholarship. It also acknowledges those students who have made meaningful impacts on the community. Eligibility Seniors and juniors who are majoring or minoring in sociology or anthropology are eligible for the award. More than one student can receive this prize in a year.

DEADLINES

Nominations and self-­‐nominations are due by 5:00 pm, April 3, 2015. All support materials are due by noon, April 6, 2015. Nominations and support materials should be sent to Lori Brackett, Department Coordinator at lbracket@bowdoin.edu.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominating a Student

Faculty, students, or community members may nominate a junior or senior Sociology or Anthropology major or minor for this award. The nomination should explain why the nominee is deserving of the award. The nomination should be emailed by 5:00 pm, April 3, 2015 to lbracket@bowdoin.edu.

Nominated students will be contacted by the department and asked to submit support materials. These are due by noon, April 6, 2015 and should be sent to lbracket@bowdoin.edu. The support materials consist of:

1) A resume of public engagement since coming to Bowdoin. For each activity listed, the nominee should provide the name of the community partner/organization/ or public addressed, a very brief description of the work done, and the dates of the work.

2) A 1-2 page essay describing the intellectual links between the nominee’s work in sociology, anthropology, or archaeology and their most personally relevant public engagement or service.

Self-­‐nominating

Students who nominate themselves for the award are asked to email Lori Brackett by 5:00 pm, April 3, 2015 explaining their intention to do so. They should submit support materials by noon, April 6, 2015. These should be mailed to lbracket@bowdoin.edu. The support materials consist of:

1) A resume of public engagement since coming to Bowdoin. For each activity listed, the nominee should provide the name of the community partner/organization/ or public addressed, a very brief description of the work done, and the dates of the work.

2) A 1-2 page essay describing the intellectual links between the nominee’s work in sociology, anthropology, or archaeology and their most personally relevant, public engagement or service.

A committee made up of Sociology and Anthropology faculty will review the nomination materials and select the awardee or awardees.  The award will be announced during Honors Day.

2) Public recognition at the department’s annual Open House Nomination All majors will be notified of the opportunity to nominate them selves or a peer for the award. Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by a faculty member, a peer, or a community member. Nominations should include all of the materials described below and should be submitted to the Sociology/Anthropology Department no later than April 3, 2015. Criteria Recipients will include those who have demonstrated excellence in and unusual commitment to community-based research projects, community-based coursework, public educational initiatives, policy reform efforts, volunteer service and/or activism that are informed by and that inform their work in the major/minor. To enable evaluation of their contributions, nominees will submit: 1) A resume of public engagement since coming to Bowdoin. For each activity listed, the nominee should provide the name of the community partner/organization/ or public addressed, a very brief description of the work done, and the dates of the work. 2) A 1-2 page essay describing the intellectual links between the nominee’s work in sociology, anthropology, or archaeology and their most personally relevant public engagement or service.

Recent Award Recipients of Distinguished Public Sociology and Anthropology

  • Kaylee Shae Wolfe '15 (awarded in 2014)
  • Janki Kaneria '14
  • Michele Kaufman '13
  • Sarah Glaser '11 (awarded in 2012)
  • Kathleen Falherty '11
  • Morgan Taggart-Hampton '11
  • Sean Morris '10
  • Zoe Eddy '10
  • Catherine Mtichell '09
  • Brittany Ogden '08